The Ovarian Cancer And Talcum Powder Connection

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For decades, mothers used baby powder on their children in between diaper changes to keep them dry. Women had no qualms using what they thought was a safe product made by a trusted name in childcare health and beauty aids. Many women used talcum powder themselves for their feminine hygiene needs as well. Unfortunately, talcum powder is not as safe as it was assumed to be. Here is what you should know about this product.

What Is Talcum Powder And How Is It Used?

Talcum powder is made from the mineral talc, which is made up of silicon, magnesium, and oxygen. Prior to 1976, talc could also contain asbestos, a known carcinogen. When talc is pulverized into a powder, it absorbs moisture and decreases friction, which can reduce the amount and severity of rashes in both babies and adults. Because fragrance was also added to the powder, it also reduced odors.

In years past as well as today, talcum powder was an is added to hundreds of products, including makeup, panty liners, sanitary pads, and even tampons, not to mention dozens of products for babies, including disposable diapers. In addition to powdering a baby's bottom at every diaper change, women routinely doused their panties with talcum powder to reduce friction on their genitals and to guard against feminine odors caused by sweat, bacteria, and yeast. The products are still manufactured today, they simply care a warning now. 

Why Is Talcum Powder Unsafe?

Unlike males, females have a short route to their reproductive organs. Talc particles can easily find their way into the reproductive system. When these particles settle in the ovaries, they can cause irritation as the body recognizes them as a foreign substance. This inflammation results in damaging the ovaries on a molecular level, which can cause the damaged cells to mutate. Some studies show that children and women who routinely used talcum powder have a higher risk of ovarian cancer. Unfortunately, ovarian cancer is a silent but deadly killer. This is because it often presents with no symptoms until it has advanced to the point of no return. When symptoms do occur, they are easily explained away and vague, such as bloating or constipation.

How Do You Know If Ovarian Cancer Is Caused By Talcum Powder?

When a woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the first step in the treatment process is to remove the ovaries. A pathologist can examine the ovarian tissue for talc particles. If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and were or are a talcum powder user, it is important you contact an attorney who handles talc baby powder cancer lawsuits. The lawyer will ensure the right tests are conducted to determine if you have a viable personal injury lawsuit.


12 February 2019